UFC president Dana White has taken a beating on Twitter the last several days for cutting Miguel Torres (Pictured) after the former WEC bantamweight champ posted a controversial message regarding rape on the social media network. Although his decision to send Torres to the unemployment line wasn’t his most popular move in recent weeks, White has drawn a distinct line in the sand and there appears to be no turning back for Torres.
“Miguel and I haven’t talked, but I talked to his management and nothing has changed,” White stated following the UFC 140 post-fight press conference. “I’m a pretty fair guy. I’ve been a very fair guy through all kinds of crazy stuff. If you can’t explain yourself, if you can’t give me an explanation on why you did something? There’s no explanation for that.
“All the fans were behind him and I love it. It’s cool. I like to see that, but you didn’t see him come out with his explanation on why he said it. There is no explanation for it. And tweets like, ‘Your mouth says no, but my roofies say yes,’ I don’t think that’s funny, either. It’s not funny to me. Agree with me or disagree with me, it is what it is. I make those decisions and that’s what I chose to do.”
Torres drew the ire of White last Thursday for tweeting, “If a rape van was called a surprise van, more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone like surprises.”
What has most fans in an uproar isn’t necessarily what Torres wrote to his 51,000 followers, but the fact former UFC light heavyweight champions Rashad Evans and Forrest Griffin also referenced rape recently and weren’t disciplined anywhere near to the extent that Torres was.
“You want to see consistency? Let’s see if anybody does that again,” White expressed. “Let’s see if anybody does it again. I double dare you to send another tweet like that again.
“It’s unfortunate. He’s a good guy, but it made no sense. It came out of left field. ‘It was from a TV show.’ I don’t give a [expletive]. This isn’t a TV show. This is a sport. But the bottom line is nobody has any business making jokes about rape. We’re in the fight business.”
When asked what advice he would give his fighters before firing off future tweets in an attempt to win one of the UFC’s $5,000 quarterly Twitter bonuses, White’s response was simple – use your brain.
“I think it’s pretty clear,” White said. “We’re dealing with smart guys. Let common sense prevail. It won’t happen again.”